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About Besnik Mustafaj

Besnik Mustafaj studied language and French civilisation at the university of Tirana where he became a professor in foreign literature, working also as a journalist and translator. In December 1990, he joined the student protests which brought about the fall of the Stalinist dictator, events which marked his entrance into politics. He was co-founder of the Democratic Party, the first non-communist party in Albania. In the first free elections in March 1991, he was elected deputy leader of the party and re-elected to parliament three times. In 2008, he quit politics permanently to return to writing essays and novels, as well as for the theatre. 

Articles by Besnik Mustafaj

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Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

An Albanian crossing borders

“Are you saying that Le Pen has a branch even in Albania?!” – intervened the one who had found the envelope. “Yes, sir,” - I answered. “As I just said, Albania is now a free country.”

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